Marin Headlands, Marin County, CA

To the US Military, the Marin Headlands was an extremely important site within the Harbor Defenses of San Francisco from the 1890s through the middle of the 20th century.

Battery Wallace was an integral part of that defensive network. The initial construction of the battery began in 1917 during World War I, and was completed in 1921. The battery is named after Colonel Elmer Wallace who died in France in 1918, a casualty of the Great War. In 1942, at the beginning of the World War II, the army decided to protect Battery Wallace against aerial attack by enclosing its guns within massive concrete rooms called “casemates.” Connecting tunnels, a power plant, and ammunition magazines were constructed between the casemates. To blend into the landscape, the site was covered with soil and planted with brush to create the artificial hill we see today. In 1948 the Battery was declared surplus and its guns sent to salvage. In 1972, the area became part of the new Golden Gate National Recreation Area, a unit of the National Park Service.

We Players events in the Marin Headlands:
King Fool, 2014